How to Write an Awesome Blog Post in Five Steps

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Writing a blog post is a little like driving; you can study the highway code (or read articles telling you how to write a blog post) for months, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing like getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road. Or something.

How to write a blog post student driving

“Wait for it… wait for it… BASS DROP.”

Now that I’m done thoroughly mangling that vague metaphor, let’s get down to business. You know you need to start blogging to grow your business, but you don’t know how. In this post, I’ll show you how to write a blog post in five simple steps that people will actually want to read. Ready? Let’s get started.

How to Write a Blog Post, Step 1: Planning

First, a disclaimer – the entire process of writing a blog post often takes more than a couple of hours, even if you can type eighty words per minute and your writing skills are sharp. From the seed of the idea to finally hitting “Publish,” you might spend several days or maybe even a week “writing” a blog post, but it’s important to spend those vital hours planning your post and even thinking about your post (yes, thinking counts as working if you’re a blogger) before you actually write it.

How to write a blog post planning stage

Does your blog post have enough circles and crosses?

Long before you sit down to put digital pen to paper, you need to make sure you have everything you need to sit down and write. Many new bloggers overlook the planning process, and while you might be able to get away with skipping the planning stage, doing your homework will actually save you time further down the road and help you develop good blogging habits.

Choose a Topic That Interests YOU

There’s an old maxim that states, “No fun for the writer, no fun for the reader.” No matter what industry you’re working in, as a blogger, you should live and die by this statement.

Before you do any of the following steps, be sure to pick a topic that actually interests you. Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – will kill a blog post more effectively than a lack of enthusiasm from the writer. You can tell when a writer is bored by their subject, and it’s so cringe-worthy it’s a little embarrassing.

How to write a blog post about boring topics

Don't go there.

I can hear your objections already. “But Dan, I have to blog for a cardboard box manufacturing company.” I feel your pain, I really do. During the course of my career, I’ve written content for dozens of clients in some less-than-thrilling industries (such as financial regulatory compliance and corporate housing), but the hallmark of a professional blogger is the ability to write well about any topic, no matter how dry it may be. Blogging is a lot easier, however, if you can muster at least a little enthusiasm for the topic at hand.

You also need to be able to accept that not every post is going to get your motor running. Some posts will feel like a chore, but if you have editorial control over what you write about, then choose topics you’d want to read – even if they relate to niche industries. The more excited you can be about your topic, the more excited your readers will be when they’re reading it.

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Write an Outline For Your Post

Great blog posts don’t just happen. Even the best bloggers need a rough idea to keep them on-track. This is where outlines come in.

An outline doesn’t need to be lengthy, or even detailed – it’s just a rough guide to make sure you don’t ramble on and on about something tangential to your topic.

For example, this is the outline for this post that I sent to Elisa before getting to work:

• Introduction

-          Paragraph(s) explaining post

• Section 1 – Planning a Blog Post

-          Things bloggers should do before putting pen to paper – outlining, research etc.

• Section 2 – Writing a Blog Post

-          Tips on actually writing a post

• Section 3 – Rewriting a Blog Post

-          Editing techniques/things to watch out for/common mistakes

• Section 4 – Optimizing a Blog Post

-          How to optimize a post for on-page SEO, social shares etc.

• Section 4 – Conclusion

-          Wrap-up

The purpose of this outline is to make sure I know what I plan to cover, in what order the various sections will appear, and some bare-bones details of what each section will include.

Outlines keep you honest. They stop you from indulging in poorly thought-out metaphors about driving and keep you focused on the overall structure of your post. Sometimes I’ll write a more thorough outline (and sometimes I won’t bother with one at all), but most of the time, something like the outline above is perfectly acceptable.

Whether you write your outline in your word processor, on a piece of paper, or even scribbled on a bar napkin, do whatever works for you to keep you focused.

Do Your Research

One of the biggest secrets professional bloggers (myself included) don’t want you to know is that we don’t actually know everything. Truth be told, sometimes we don’t know anything about a topic before we sit down to write about it.

How to write a blog post research

Pro tip: you don't actually need a passport to write a travel marketing post.

This doesn’t mean that all bloggers are insincere fakers. On the contrary, many bloggers’ natural curiosity is what makes them great at what they do. If you blog for a living, you have to be comfortable jumping from one topic to the next, even if you don’t know anything about it. What allows us to do this, and to write authoritatively about subject areas that are new to us, is knowing how to properly research a blog post.

It almost goes without saying, but relying solely on Wikipedia as a primary source is almost always a bad idea. Yes, Wikipedia does have thousands of excellently researched articles, but it’s not infallible, and erroneous facts do make their way into articles without site editors noticing. Plus, every verifiable fact on the site is cited from links elsewhere on the web, so why cite the middleman?

How to write a blog post citation

Lou Diamond Phillips was a total beast in ‘La Bamba.’

If you’re relying on third-party information to write your blog post, choose authoritative sources. Official associations, government websites, heavily cited research papers, and preeminent industry experts are all good examples. Nobody is right all the time, though, so approach every source with a the practiced skepticism of a journalist and question everything until you’re positive your information is solid.

Check Your Facts

A few years ago, I edited a piece written by a colleague focusing on the highlights of a major technology conference. The writer, under a seriously tight deadline, had done a bang-up job of writing great copy in virtually no time, but he failed to properly check his facts. He cited an article from Forbes in which the writer claimed Steve Jobs was using PowerPoint on stage – something that never happened. It was lazy journalism on the part of the Forbes writer, and an easy mistake to make on my colleague’s part, but the result was the same; one poorly researched article directly impacted another because both writers failed to do their due diligence.

How to write a blog post Steve Jobs PowerPoint quote

All it takes to tank your credibility is one glaring error. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s crucial to avoid gaffes like this. If you’re just starting out, your credibility and authority will take a major hit if you publish inaccurate information, and even if you have a blog with millions of loyal readers, your regulars will be all too eager to jump all over your mistake – just take a look in the comment sections of publications such as Wired or TechCrunch to see how quickly this can happen.

In the event that you fall prey to a well-executed hoax, repeat widely circulated misinformation, or simply make a mistake, own up to it right away and be transparent about your edits. If you try to slip something past your readers, you can bet that they’ll call you out on it, further compounding the damage. Be honest, be accountable, and fix it – fast.

How to Write a Blog Post, Step 2: Headlines

Everyone and their grandmother has an opinion about headlines. Some say you should be as specific as possible (to avoid misleading your readers and manage their expectations), while others recommend taking a more abstract approach. Vague headlines might work just fine if you’re Seth Godin, but for most of us, being specific is better.

How to write a blog post funny headline example

Some headlines practically write themselves.

There are two main approaches you can take to writing blog post headlines. You can either decide on your final headline before you write the rest of your post (and use your headline to structure your outline), or you can write your blog post with a working title and see what fits when you’re done.

Personally, I don’t adhere to a rigid strategy one way or the other. Sometimes I’ll come up with a strong headline from the outset and stick with it, whereas other posts will take a lot more work. Although sites such as Upworthy arguably ruined internet writing with their clickbait headlines, the process behind the site’s headlines has merit, as it forces you to really think about your post and how to grab your audience’s attention.

How to write a blog post Upworthy headline rules

Your approach to headlines should also vary depending on your audience. For example, let’s look at these super-specific headlines from around the web:

The exact figures presented in these headlines are all framed within a context of providing actionable advice to other marketers and startups. “Case study” blog posts like this often perform well, due to their transparent nature (which pulls the curtain back from successful growing businesses and the people who run them) and the “how-to” angle (which attracts people who want to accomplish the same thing by following real-world examples).

How to write a blog post funny how-to article

People LOVE how-to articles.

That’s all well and good if that’s what you’re looking for – which, in my case, is rare. I didn’t read any of these posts, simply because it seems that at least half of the blog posts in my RSS feed are structured in this fashion (including this one). They’re great for the sake of example, but I glossed right over them because they’re so similar to the dozens of other posts I see every day telling me three hacks to grow my startup by X percent in Y months.

Another common technique is posing a question in your headline. Done well, this can be extraordinarily effective, as it is in these examples:

However, this technique is also growing tiresome, and fewer publications are utilizing it these days (thankfully alongside the always-irksome “You won’t believe…” headline). If you opt for asking questions in your headlines, be sure it’s a question your audience will be genuinely interested in.  

Writing headlines for blog posts is as much an art as it is a science, and probably warrants its own post, but for now, all I’d advise is experimenting with what works for your audience. If your readers want hyper-specific case studies on how to do stuff, by all means let ‘em have it. Don’t, however, do something just because someone else is, especially if it’s not resonating with your audience.

How to Write a Blog Post, Step 3: The Writing Part

So, you’ve done your research, settled on a headline (or at least a working title), and now you’re ready to actually write a blog post. So get to it.

How to write a blog post writing

Be sure to actually turn your computer on before you start writing.

Similarly to headlines, there are two main approaches to writing a blog post. You can either sit down and write an entire draft in a single sitting (my preferred workflow), or you can chip away at it gradually over time. There is no right or wrong answer here – only whatever works for you.

However, I’d recommend getting as much done in one session as possible. This makes it easier to stay focused on the topic, minimizes the chance that you’ll forget crucial points, and also lets you get the damned thing out of your hair faster.

Even if you work more effectively in short bursts, try to maximize the amount of writing you get done in those sessions. The more times you have to revisit a draft, the more tempting it is to add a little here, and a little there, and before you know it, you’ve gone wildly off-topic. Get as much done as you can in a single sitting even if you prefer to draft a blog post over three or four writing sessions.

Like most skills, writing becomes easier and more natural the more you do it. When you first start, you might find that it takes a week (or longer) to write a post, but with practice, you’ll be knocking out great posts in hours. Unfortunately, there are no “hacks” or shortcuts when it comes to writing – you have to put in the time at the coalface.

How to Write a Blog Post, Step 4: Using Images Effectively

Writing for the web is an entirely different animal than writing for print. Oftentimes, people simply don’t have the time, will, or ability to focus on lengthy blog posts without some visual stimulation. Even a well-formatted blog post consisting solely of text is likely to send your reader screaming back to Reddit or Twitter within minutes, which is why it’s so important to include images in your posts.

Images Help Your Blog Post Flow More Effectively

One of the most important reasons to include images in your blog posts is to break up the text. Many people scan blog posts rather than pore over every word, and interspersing images throughout the copy will make your post seem less intimidating and more visually appealing.

Images Make Great Visual Punchlines

Everyone likes a good laugh, and a well-chosen image can help lighten the tone of your posts and inject some much-needed humor into a piece. This can be particularly effective if you’re writing about a dry (or flat-out boring) topic.

How to write a blog post funny picture example

This image has nothing to do with blogging.

Images Make Complex Topics More Easily Understandable

Let’s face it – sometimes, digital marketing (and hundreds of other niche topics) isn’t the most accessible subject to newcomers. That’s why images are an essential part of your blogging toolkit if you’re hoping to expand your audience. Diagrams, charts, infographics, tables, and any other visual assets can help your readers understand abstract or complex topics and grasp the points you’re trying to make.

How to Write a Blog Post, Step 5: The Editing Part

Actually writing a blog post is hard. Editing a blog post is harder. Many people mistakenly assume that editing is simply striking through sentences that don’t work or fixing grammatical errors. Although sentence structure and grammar are both very important, editing is about seeing the piece as a whole and, sometimes, being willing to sacrifice words (and the hours it took to write them) for the sake of cohesion.

I won’t explicitly tell you to check your spelling and grammar – you should be doing that anyway. I will, however, offer some suggestions on how to tighten up your writing so that it packs a punch and keeps your readers scrolling.

Avoid Repetition

Few things are more jarring to read than repetition of certain words or phrases. Once you’re done with the first draft of your blog post, read through it and check for words that can be replaced to avoid repeating yourself.

How to write a blog post avoid repetition

Repetition - avoid it.

BONUS: Every writer has a “crutch” word or phrase. This is a word that, no matter how carefully they might try, the writer simply cannot help themselves from including in their work. Identify what your crutch word is, be vigilant, and make sure it doesn’t appear more often than it needs to.

Read Your Post Aloud to Check Flow

This is a trick that many writers learn in workshops. If a piece reads awkwardly out loud, it will probably read awkwardly in your reader’s mind. It might seem a bit weird, but force yourself to read your post aloud to check for wordy bottlenecks or contrived sentences. Find yourself struggling with the flow of a sentence? Rework it until it rolls off your tongue.

Have Someone Else Read Your Work

This is crucial for inexperienced or casual bloggers. Asking a friend or colleague to check your work isn’t an admission of weakness or a sign of failure – it’s a commitment to making your work as strong as it possibly can be.

How to write a blog post proofreading

Consider asking someone else to read your work.

Ideally, ask someone with editing experience to proof your work. Also, be sure that they understand you’re not looking for help spotting typos or grammatical errors (but if they do, great), but that you want to hear their thoughts on the flow of the piece and whether it makes sense structurally. Do your points come across well? Is your position on a contentious topic clear? Does the piece prompt the reader to think or challenge an existing belief? Is the advice you’re offering worth following? These are all questions that having another set of eyes read your work can help answer.

Keep Sentences Short and Paragraphs Shorter

Nothing will intimidate or outright anger a reader faster than huge walls of text. It’s a common mistake for inexperienced bloggers to make, and one I see far too often in a lot of online articles.

Sentences should be as short as possible. They’re easier to read, making your audience’s job easier. Shorter sentences also reduce the likelihood of going off on tangents. For example, I recently came across a sentence in an opinion piece in Wired that had no fewer than seven subordinate clauses, an editorial sin of almost unimaginable magnitude.

Paragraphs should also be short and sweet. The shorter the paragraph, the more likely your readers are to keep going. The “rules” of paragraph structure have been bent a little since web-based publishing became the norm, but try to keep individual ideas isolated to their own neat, short little paragraph.

Accept That Your Blog Post Will Never Be Perfect

There’s no such thing as a perfect post, and the sooner you come to terms with this, the better.

I’m not advocating for publishing sloppy work, nor am I saying you shouldn’t be obsessive about the details. I am saying, however, that even the best blog posts could always be better, but time is always against us. Again, unless you’re Seth Godin, you probably need to publish more than one post a month, so agonizing over every post will sap you of the desire to write and waste precious time – not to mention likely to incur the wrath of your editor or content manager.

Make every post as good as it can be, learn from the experience, then move on.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Cuts or Adapt on the Fly

You may have forgotten, but I originally included a section in the example outline for this post that dealt with optimizing blog posts for SEO. I fully intended to write this section, but when I looked at how my first draft was shaping up, I realized this was too substantial a topic to tackle in an already lengthy post. As a result, I made the decision to cut this section from the post altogether. I purposefully left the outline intact to demonstrate that you shouldn’t be afraid to make editorial decisions like this.

How to write a blog post editing

Unless there’s something you absolutely MUST include (say, a section that your sales or managerial team is expecting in a post that you agreed to deliver), your outline is not carved in stone. Remember – an outline is a guide, not an immutable series of commandments. If something doesn’t work, whether it be a sentence, a paragraph, or even a whole section, don’t hesitate to make the cut. Be ruthless with your work.

That’s All She Wrote…

Blogging is one of those jobs that seems easy until you have to do it. Fortunately, it does get easier, and with time and practice, you’ll be blogging like a pro in no time.

If there’s an aspect of writing a blog post that I didn’t cover, or you have specific questions about my process or anything generally blog-related, let me know in the comments – I’ll answer them as best I can.

Now take up thy pen, go forth, and blog like a badass.

 

 

Comments

Christina sharma
Feb 10, 2015

Hey,thank you so much for this post.Its really helpful.I actually want to writea blog but i think myself that i dont have any create ideas or capability to generate new ideas..Its really hard for me to write anything or to begin writting.after reading your post i came to write or express some of my words over here..how to reply through mail i am very much to the point that its like a 5 years child writting.how to overcome through these things and how to be creative please suggest me some tips or ideas

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Dan Shewan
Feb 11, 2015

Hi Christina, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Coming up with genuinely interesting and fresh ideas is a consistent challenge, even for the most experienced bloggers. One way I overcome this is by starting with a topic that I feel genuinely excited about. Think about what you'd say if someone were to ask about what you do at a party - what topic would you go on and on about? Once you've identified this, think about a blog post you'd want to read about this topic. What angles do you think aren't being given enough attention? What aren't people talking about? Is there something you'd find exciting or interesting that other bloggers are overlooking? These are all questions to ask yourself about the topic you're interested in. Also, I try to jot rough ideas for posts down in a notebook as they come to me for further exploration later - even a single sentence or general idea can be the seed for a post further down the line. If it helps, give yourself plenty of time to think about potential posts, even weeks in advance if you need more time. Good luck!

Suzie
Feb 20, 2016

Thank you very much for enlightening me about blog posting. I am interested in starting my own blog post. I felt as if I was in a lecture class at a University. I am eager to apply the info and do extra research on blog posting. My creative cranium has a lot of ideas that I would like to share to the world. If you do have any more tips to share, feel free to do so.

Iman
Feb 10, 2015

Do blogging with a niche that suit your passion. So this encourage you to run blogging with enthusiasm. So the writing does not become a burden, but it is a pleasure.

Dan Shewan
Feb 11, 2015

Hi Iman, thanks for your comment. I agree that passion is important, but sometimes, we don't have that luxury. If you're in a situation where you're having to write articles that don't genuinely excite you, it might be worth talking about it with your content manager. Oftentimes, having an honest discussion about the overall content strategy or direction can yield some worthwhile ideas about other content topics that can diversify your blog's subject areas and offer more opportunities to write about subjects you're passionate about. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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Feb 23, 2016

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John
Jun 21, 2016

Thats not very nice, but we are all entitled to our own opinions so i respect that you have expressed yours.

Jerzy
Feb 10, 2015

Thanks for tips, some are really inspiring!

Dan Shewan
Feb 11, 2015

Hey Jerzy, thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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Jennifer Peaslee
Feb 10, 2015

As a new blogger, this advice was very helpful. I also appreciate how you stress how long it takes to write a good blog post - the time, the research, the level of detail, etc. I've seen a lot of others claim that blogging is simple and it doesn't take much time to write one (I read a post similar to this one saying that a 1000+ word blog post only takes 30-45 minutes). As a beginning blogger AND a freelance writer, this really angers me - it shows a real lack of appreciation for the skill of blogging and article writing. This disrespect often reflects in the pricing too. Many websites that want ghostwriters for their blog offer really low payment - only a couple dollars for a 500 word article, as I often see advertised on Elance and Guru.com. Are they insane? Well, I guess you get what you pay for, and I'm glad blogs like this are around to speak the truth about craft of blogging.

Dan Shewan
Feb 11, 2015

Hey Jennifer, thanks for your comment. I agree that a lot of how-to articles underestimate the time and effort that go into writing a blog post. Sure, some posts might be easier to create than others, but generally, I feel that a lot of sites/writers simplify the process to the point that it becomes misleading. I also agree wholeheartedly with you regarding the undervaluing of skilled writers and their work - unfortunately, quantity is often a more valuable commodity to publishers than quality. Best of luck to you in your blogging journey!

Jim Thompson
Feb 17, 2015

Thanks for the great post.

Curious, assuming someone follows your steps, and creates a new amazing blog. What steps do you recommend they take to make sure the blog content reaches its target audience? Is there a specific way to market blogs that might be different than standard social media marketing? Maybe a way to link to like-minded blogs that are attracting a similar audience?

Jim Thompson

Dan Shewan
Feb 18, 2015

Hey Jim, thanks for taking the time to comment. In terms of content promotion, social media is still the best way to get the word out there about a new blog. Unfortunately, just as it takes time to build a regular audience, the same applies to social followings. At first, you might find that very few people are coming across your content due to the limited size of the blog's audience and the limited reach on social. This is why SEO remains very important. As long as your content is optimized (logical internal linking, strong image optimization, smart keyword targeting), and you're patient and committed to building an audience and a social following, you will see results - it just takes time. This is why so many blogs fail (and why many people dismiss content marketing in general). It's definitely not a quick fix, it takes a lot of time and dedication to succeed.

Pooja Yadav
Mar 16, 2015

I always believed viral videos are an outcome of coincidence than planning. But after reading this post, i have decided to follow the steps more intensely to make my blog posts viral. Lets hope for the best.

Kelley
Apr 10, 2015

Dan your writing style is beyond brilliant - and I mean, beyond belief... I love the way you are able to paint a story with the words you choose to structure such brilliantly cohesive sentences! You are a tremendously gifted writer - and I have learned a wealth of knowledge from you! I really identified with your point of "crutch words" - and how every author has them! I know I certainly do - I try my damnedest not to use "exquisite" in every single one of my product descriptions, and it is tough! I'm going out on a whim here - but after reading many of your articles - I'm gonna say that your crutch word, Dan, might be... "Jarring"...???? Just a guess! Thanks for your sharing your awesomeness! ;)

Dan Shewan
Apr 10, 2015

Thanks so much for the kind words, Kelley - I'm flattered. As for my personal crutches, I tend to overuse dashes and often write overly long sentences, at least in early drafts. I like to think I've gotten a little better at editing my own work over the years, though, so hopefully fewer of these flaws slip past me these days! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

dishant passi
Jul 01, 2015

Hey Dan , there are so many questions buzzing in my mind in respect to initiating a blog writing . First , of all it's pretty awesome that you're helping us out with the problems as well as necessities that come while writing a blog and moreover , your concepts are brillialnt regarding blogs . Now, coming to my problems , firstly , I am not at all good in writing content or say, elaborating on a certain topic , as in a blog , that's the main part . secondly , I am good with grammar as well as tenses and other parts of speech , but lack a good quality vocabulary for an exquisite blog . I mean I am very short with fancy words or say bombastic language that somehow stick the reader with one's blog . I am very very keen in enhancing my English skills and one of it's major way is via writing blogs and I am ready to face the criticism but I lack all the qualities required in writing a blog . I just need a push or a certain direction maybe , so that I end up writing good blogs in coming future . From your tips and your vast knowledge I perceive you know almost everything about writing skills , hiw to improve your skills and how to write a good blog . So , I would be glad if you could just help me . Thank you

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Jul 11, 2015

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Emmanuel
Jul 26, 2015

I must say you have done a great job taking out your time to explain in details. Thanks a whole lot for that. Please my issue is that, I really love writing, because the ideas just keep flowing and coming, but am yet to own a blog, because I don't know how to start one, nor how to keep it up or how it even works, because am always Co fused maybe it works like a website or something. I pray you read this , and if probably could help inbox me with steps in starting a blog, how to float it and make it functional., or could rather as well be attached to a company, that would need my creative ideas and services.
Thanks in advance. God bless.

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Jul 27, 2015

Great article, the most important skill that you need to develop for writing a good content is developing focused thought.Stray ideas are very hard to frame until they are collected point by point.Writing is more an aggregation of thoughts and less and art now.You must be clear what are you writing about.Thanks for the post it really defines the skill of writing in a nice way.

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Thanks for the great tips Dan!
I agree that its so important to plan before actually writing the blog post to ensure efficient and effective content.

Antonio
Aug 24, 2015

Really nice post! Thanks! I guess that one of the most common problem of any writer is to actually stop procrastinating and start writing, once you begin, you get into a nice flow which actually comes with inspiration and tons of different ideas

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Hi, I liked the way you have given the minute details, I loved reading your post completely though I don't always have the patience to read. Thanks for the post even I am thinking to write a blog someone suggested me to do so..:) as she likes the way i see things differently( that is so nice of her).

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Kathy
Nov 15, 2015

Hi Dan - I'm in Belize for six months and a few of my friends suggested that I blog about my experience living as an ex-pat. I have been a writer professional and personally all my life and think the writing part should be relatively manageable (I keep a very detailed daily journal so can extract from that) but what I don't quite understand is how I actually launch the blog. I'm not a huge Facebook or social media person so not sure if I blog via that means or exactly how to distinguish and promote the blog. Thanks for your advice.

angela
Dec 16, 2015

Dan,
I want to start a blog to help others who are self teaching Braille. Why I need to self-teach rather than take classes is a long story but I know other disabled people might find themselves in a similar situation. So my question is how should one start a personal story /process blog. I mean should my first post be about my background or about my reasons for self teaching or both. I don't want to bore people and lose my audience before I can even start. thanks for any advice

Jerry Lehan
Dec 29, 2015

I imagine a lot of writers, if asked later in their career, if there was one mentor that influenced their course more than any other.
I think mine will be you and this post. And I'm glad that I came across this so early in my blogging.
I feel like where you're at with the mastery of language is a place that I couldn't come close to in this life time. But dude, I'm going to try so hard to join you in the sun.
Thank you.
-Jerry

prasanna
Jan 10, 2016

Thank you for such essential tips. It would definitely help all following writers.

Ansaar
Jan 12, 2016

I think the first point hit the nail firmly on the head - write about something that interests you and the rest will follow. you'll certainly be more enthusiastic to get the job done!

Peter Heinicke
Jan 16, 2016

I have written about 50 blog articles, and still struggle with it. Your points are all valid from what I know, so thank you for putting them down on the web. But where did you get that funny picture of the man and the baby! That made me laugh out loud.

Bina Mistry
Jan 18, 2016

thank you so much, now can start up :)

Lori
Jan 20, 2016

Dan has left the building...

Great article by the way. I'm not a writer and now have a need to develop content for my new found freedom in bookkeeping. I believe this will help me get started.

I considered Fiverr however the samples I received were total trash. You get what you pay for there for sure. If you want to learn how to write and speak English, read the newspaper!

Have a nice day. Thanks!

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